There has always been a desire to control the minds of Black Americans since the day we planted our feet on American soil back in 1619. Blacks encountered years of oppression, from information being withheld and from systems put in place that stacked the odds against our success.
Every time the dialogue about the plight of Blacks in America arises, the group consensus is to give blacks a little something to quiet them down, but not enough to make a lasting impact.
This time around, we can not only settle for being offered a national celebration of Juneteenth day, settle for the symbolic gesture of removing statues that “may” represent Black oppression, or settle for the brightly painted yellow street murals of Black Lives Matter.
America has been enacting laws for the past 155 years to deal with the problem of racism. Each law passed came with the promise of revolution, but fell short. In the past, when dissonance has emerged, Blacks have not been offered measurable solutions to our problems, rather we have always been given just enough to quiet us down.
I read the Black Lives Matter platform, and its convoluted with a left wing Marxist agenda. Although I’m sure the intentions were pure from the start, the movement has been hijacked by the liberal whites.
This time, we must be courageous enough to ask for what we need, and to stand our ground until we receive it. Blacks need school choice.
Schools are no longer separate, but they are not equal either. The government cheerfully hands out housing assistance but never gives out the keys to ownership.
Blacks must no longer settle for government handouts. Blacks must once again begin to cultivate and live the principles and edicts of scripture.
We must not ignore our own undoing. As we cry aloud from the streets that Black Lives Matter, abortion clinics are busy clearing out 28% of black lives each year.
We can not ignore crimes against each other in our own communities as we simultaneously take the charge to right the wrong of police brutality.
I believe that it is time to allow more voices to speak on the experience of being Black in America. We need to hear from more positive voices and not from just those that come from the echoing chambers of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
In my opinion, American schools need to be made truly equal, or Black families must be given options when trapped in under performing schools. We need to introduce curriculum in our schools that teach our American history with the slave as both the victim and the hero.
We must not rewrite our American history rather we must graft the Black American story into the fabric of this land. A true depiction of American history will allow Black children the opportunity to take pride in knowing that the sweat of their ancestors (although some enslaved), did in fact help build this great country.
Black children should be taught to take pride in the American flag, because it’s their flag too.
The government should enact new policies that allow for Black ownership of government housing and not just policies that create generations of poverty traps.
We must demand the implementation of initiatives that give Blacks the opportunity to become business owners. The mass incarceration of Blacks must end and instead be replaced with high performing schools and jobs.
We need to force the media and Hollywood to stop constantly degrading Black children with stories of victimhood and oppression. We need to encourage our Black youth by passing down stories of our great Black American heroes.
Instead of separating Black history from American history, we need to intertwine the two histories and blend together the story of strife and triumph that helped create the best country in the world.
If we allow the breadth of this moment to take hold and if we do not settle for just enough to keep us quiet, we will advance the destiny of Black Americans.
When the white liberal quiets down, and stops enhancing their own agenda on the backs of the Black American agenda, we will find resolve to enact real lasting change.
We talked about it. Real advancement for Blacks will come when we articulate what we need, demand it, and when we do not allow the dilution of our message to be blurred with the message of others that have a different agenda.
Conay Huizar is a Scottsdale resident and member of the city’s Human Relations Commission.